Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 413–431 | Cite as

Class at the nexus of psychoanalysis and sociology: Disjunction and connection

  • Joanna RyanEmail author
Original Article


I argue that some of the issues involved in the interrelationship of psychoanalysis and sociology can be fruitfully explored in relation to class, and especially class in the clinic. Class is a much neglected subject, an absent presence, within psychoanalysis. I suggest how psychoanalytic practice where class is an issue could be enhanced by drawing on some sociological understandings. Using aspects of Pierre Bourdieu’s writings, some clinical vignettes and Didier Eribon’s memoir, I explore some of the vicissitudes of social mobility at this psychoanalytic/social conjunction.


social class and psychoanalysis social mobility class blindness shame 



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  1. 1.The Site for Contemporary PsychoanalysisLondonUK

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